HKGALA IN THE NEWS
HKGALA Named a Finalist for LGBT Network of the Year Award
As part of the inaugural 2015 Hong Kong LGBTI Awards hosted by Community Business, HKGALA was named as a Finalist for the LGBT Network of the Year Award in recognition of its role in promoting LGBT diversity and inclusion and demonstrating strong engagement with and commitment to local Hong Kong LGBT employees. The two fellow finalists were the LGBT employee networks of Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan.
Link to Award Finalists: http://www.communitybusiness.org/hklgbtindex/Awards_Finalists.html
HKGALA Expresses Disappointment in the QT Case Ruling
In an op-ed, HKGALA speaks out to express deep disappointment in the ruling of the High Court on the QT case challenging the Department of Immigration's refusal to grant a dependent visa to foreign legally married same-sex spouses on the grounds of discimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
"We at HKGALA regret the outcome of this case for the applicant herself, for the legal reasoning it employs and for what it means for Hong Kong and its lesbian and gay residents. In recent years, more and more jurisdictions have begun to recognise that fundamental to human dignity is the right to form loving relationships between two people and have those bonds recognized. Lest this be viewed as a phenomenon of Europe and North America alone, multiple wards and cities in Japan now recognise civil partnerships between same-sex couples, South Africa permits same-sex marriage, Uruguay and Mexico permit same-sex marriage and Israel, which lacks civil marriage altogether, recognises same-sex marriages performed abroad. Closer to home, the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing Wen, has made marriage equality part of her platform and many in the region anticipate same-sex marriage to become a reality in Taiwan in the next one to two years. Even in the mainland, the discussion of recognising same sex marriage has begun."
"Hong Kong is a global city which seeks to distinguish itself on the basis of its ability to retain, develop and draw human talent, and to be a leader in education, culture and the rule of law, risks falling behind if it is unable to offer basic rights that are becoming increasingly routine around the world. Hong Kong should lead – not follow. Reversing this decision would be a good step; challenging the notion that marriage should be limited to opposite-sex partners in Hong Kong should be the next, and these challenges will come."
Read the full op-ed at: http://hongkong.coconuts.co/2016/03/11/opinion-hk-gay-lesbian-attorneys-network-hkgala-disappointed-high-courts-decision
HKGALA Featured in Apple Daily
Apple Daily, one of Hong Kong's most circulated newspaper, interviewed HKGALA Co-Chairs, Mike, Dianna, Wally and Marc, for a featured story on HKGALA, its formation and activities, and the importance of authenticity in the workplace.